Russell Edward Brand
(born 1975) is an English comedian, actor, columnist, singer, author and radio/television presenter.
Brand's childhood and early adulthood were marked with personal misfortune and addiction. After successfully exiting rehab, Brand achieved fame in the UK in 2003 for his Big Brother
spin-off, Big Brother's Big Mouth
. Although he had previously acted in movies and television, his first major role was in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall
which led to a starring role in 2010's Get Him to the Greek
. He has also been a voice actor for animated films such as 2010's Despicable Me
and the 2011 film Hop
. He starred in the 2011 remake
of the 1981 Dudley Moore
Brand is noted for his eccentricity and his controversies in the British media, including his dismissal from MTV for dressing up as Osama Bin Laden
and controversies while presenting at various award ceremonies. The 2008 prank telephone calls
he made to Andrew Sachs
while co-hosting The Russell Brand Show
with Jonathan Ross
led to his resignation from the BBC
and major policy changes in that organisation. His prior drug use
influenced his comedic material and public image. He married American pop singer Katy Perry
in October 2010.
Brand was born in Orsett Hospital, Grays
, Essex, England, the only child of Barbara Elizabeth (née Nichols) and photographer Ronald Henry Brand.Nick Barratt. . Daily......